SBAI Toolbox of practical guidance complements our Alternative Investment Standards and improves industry outcomes through education and standardisation for the Alternative Investment industry.

The SBAI Toolbox of guidance memos are the result of collaboration within our Working Groups, with input from both institutional investors and asset managers to ensure that recommendations are suitable for the industry.

These Toolbox memos are practical guidance only, and are separate from the comply or explain approach to the Alternative Investment Standards. If you have any questions regarding our Toolbox items or would like to provide input, please contact [email protected].

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Administrator Transparency Reporting (ATR)

Administrator Transparency Reports (ATR) provide independent confirmation of fund assets and liabilities, pricing sources, and counterparty exposures.

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Alternative Credit

Alternative Credit investments continue to increase in relevance and have their own unique considerations.

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Alternative Risk Premia

Alternative Risk Premia products require specialised due diligence.

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Big Data

Big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning continue to attract attention but require careful scrutiny.



Investment in China, through onshore and offshore managers, is increasingly becoming of interest to global allocators.



Co-Investments are increasing in popularity, but governance and compliance challenges need to be carefully managed.

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Culture & Diversity

Diversity of thought is required to maintain a thriving and dynamic industry, and inclusive cultures are necessary to achieve this.

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Cyber Security

Cybercrime is an ever increasing and evolving threat to organisations of all sizes.


Digital Assets

Digital assets are increasingly common in more traditional hedge fund strategies, alongside the growth of dedicated funds.

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Strengthening governance arrangements and facilitating better investor due diligence is at the heart of the SBAI.


Insurance-Linked Funds (ILS Funds)

Valuation and risk reporting in Insurance Linked Strategies (ILS) have become areas of heightened scrutiny from investors.



Deep-dive into raising capital in the Japanese market.

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Open Protocol

Open Protocol Templates standardise the collection and collation of risk information for alternative investment funds.

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Responsible Investment

Practical implementation of Responsible Investment in alternative investment strategies is a growing area of interest.


Standard Total Expense Ratio (STER)

A single, standardised expense ratio allows comparison and monitoring of fees and expenses across different funds.